Kahlil McKenzie

Tennessee
DT

Prospect Info

College
Tennessee
Hometown
Class
Walnut Creek, CA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
314 lbs
31 1/2”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.18
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Kansas City
Chiefs
Round 6 ‧ Pick 24
40 Yard Dash
5.15u
Seconds
Bench Press
26
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
105.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.94
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.68
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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After going by his middle name, Kahlil, for his first two seasons with the Volunteers, Reginald now goes by the name of his father, the former Tennessee and NFL star linebacker and current general manager of the Oakland Raiders. McKenzie started his high school career in Wisconsin before following his father to California, where he earned five-star recruit status and was named the number one overall prospect in the nation. He played in all 13 games as a true freshman for Tennessee, compiling 14 tackles and a sack, including four stops in the Outback Bowl win over Northwestern. McKenzie fell to a torn pectoral muscle midway through the 2016 season; he played in seven games, starting once before the injury occurred (12 tackles, 0.5 for loss). He bounced back to help in 11 contests as a junior, starting eight times and collecting 35 stops, 3.5 for loss, and two sacks. After the season, McKenzie decided to join his father working on Sundays.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
McKenzie has an NFL frame and NFL bloodlines, but he doesn't always play as big as he needs to for what is expected of him. He has good upper body power, but needs to do a better job of taking command at the point of attack earlier in the rep. At this point, McKenzie is more of a project than prospect, but there are traits to work with for a team hoping to extract more than what he was able to give the Vols.
Strengths
  • Comes from impressive bloodlines
  • Has a frame built for eating up blockers
  • Well-proportioned frame with outstanding thickness from his ankles to his waist
  • Plays with good initial hand quickness
  • Gets hands on blocker early
  • Plays with upper body power to punch and hold the edge
  • Consistent finisher as tackler when he gets his shot
  • Game should benefit greatly from improved hand usage
  • Has some downhill push as a bull-rusher
Weaknesses
  • Just one season as a starter
  • Was unable to post impactful production at Tennessee
  • Slow to diagnose play direction
  • Gets reached by blockers rather than playing ahead
  • Too easily uprooted from his spot for playing the role of space-eater
  • Ends up on the ground too often
  • Needs better technique to combat down blocks
  • Has size and strength but doesn't always play to it

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league